Our journeys come in all shapes and all sizes. Carol and I have been blessed to be on some exciting trips, many with our Family here. Whether the Holy Land, or Tanzania, or Greece, or Italy, or Germany or the British Isles, each time, I was so full of anticipation and excitement, half the fun was getting ready for the trip. Whether we’re going into the City to see a show, going on vacation up to Maine or simply making a special family visit, we get excited because of our journeys.
But all journeys aren’t so pleasant or so joyous.
In the weeks just prior to this, we heard stories of baptism. With glimpses of water midst the barrenness of the desert and dust in the wilderness. Water flowing freely from wells and gushing from rocks. It’s hard to hear each of today’s texts and not think of where we’re headed on this Lenten journey, just a week away from Palm Sunday and Holy Week. Our readings focus on new life and resurrection hope.
There’s wonderful imagery in our lessons this morning that help explain vividly who God is and gives us a glimpse as to what God is doing in our lives. Sometimes ever so subtly.
In our first lesson, God surprises everyone. He doesn’t make the obvious choice, but instead introduces us to David, and anoints him as Saul’s successor. Not exactly who everyone was expecting. God’s vision for the kingdom… In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we’re told in no uncertain terms to confront injustice at whatever cost – whatever the risk. We’re told to ‘live as children of the light – with light that’s found in what’s good, and right, and true.’ Our Gospel takes us through time – not to a particular moment, but to a world that’s changed by vision and a new world of faith.